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O wretched prince! Oh cruel reverse of fortune! Oh father Micipsa! is this the consequence of thy generosity; that he, whom thy goodness raised to an equality with thy owo children, should be the murder. er of thy children ? Must, then, the royal house of Numidia alwass be a scene of havoc and blood! While Carthage remained, we suffered, as was to be expected, ali sorts of hardships from their hostile attacks; our enemy near ; our only powerful ally, the Roman commonwealth, at a distance. When that scourge of Afri. ca was no more, we congratulated ourselves on the prospect of established peace. But, instead of peace, behold the kiogdom of Nuinidia drenched with royal blood! azd the only surviving son of its late king, flying from an adopted murderer, and seekig that safety in foreign parts, which he cannot command in his own kingdom.
Whither-Oh! whither shall I fly? If I return to the royal palace of my ancestors,my father's throne is seized by the murderer of my brothor. What can I there expect, but that Jugurtha should hasten to imbrue, in ing blood, those hauds which are now reeking with my bro:her's? If I were to fy for refuge, or for assistance, to any other court, from what prince can I hope for protection, if the Roman commonwealth give me up? From my own family or friends I have po expectations. My royal father is no more. He is be. yond the reach of violence, apd out of hearing of the complaints of his unhappy son. Were my brother alive, our mutual sympathy would be some alleviation. But he is hurried out of life, in his early youth, by the very hand which should have been the last to injure any of the royal family of Numidia. The bloody Jugurtha has butchered all whou be suspected to be in my interest. Some have been destroyed by the lingering torment of the cross. Oihers have been given a prey to wild beasts; and their anguish made the sport of men more cruel than wild beasts.
If there be any yet alive, they are shut op in dungeons, there to drag out a life more intolerable than death itself.
Look down, illustrious senators of Rome! from that height of power to whicle you are raised, on the unex
pled distress of a prince, who is, by the cruelty of wicked intruder, become an outcast from all manind. Let not the crafty insinuations of him who reurds murder for odoption, prejudice your judgementa Do not listen to the wrecth who has butchered the son and relations of a king, who gave him power to sit on the same throne with his own sons. I have been informed, that he labours by his emissaries to prevent your determining any thing against hiun in his absence; pretending that I magnify my distress, and might,for him, have staid in peace in my own kingdom. But i ever the time comes, when the due veogence from above shall overtake him, he will then dissemble as I do. They he, who now, hardened in wickedness, triunphs over those whom his violence has laid low,will, in hia turo, feel distress, and suffer for his impious ingratitude to my father, and his blood-thirsty cruelty to
Oh murdered, butchered brother! Oh dearest to my heart-now gone for ever from my sight !—but why should I lament bis death? He is, iodced, deprived of the blessed light of heaven, of life, aod kingdoin, at once, by the very person who ought to have been the first to hazard his own life, in defence of any one of Micipsa's fainily: But, as things are, my brother is not so much deprived of these conforts, as delivered from terror, from flight, from exile, and the endless train ofiniseries which render life to me a burdep, He lies full low, gored with wounds, and festering in his own blood. But he lies in peace. He feels none of the miseries which rend mas soul with agony aud distraction, while I am set up a spectacle to mankind, of the uocertainty of human a airs. So far from having it in my power to punish his murderer, I am not master of the means of securing my own life. So far from being in a condition to defend my kingdom from the violence of the usurper, I am obliged to apply for foreign protection for my own person.
Fathers ! Senators of Rome ! the arbiters of oations! to you I fly for refuge from the murderous fury of Jugurtha.--By your afection for your children; by your love for your country; by your owo virtues; by the
majesty of the Roman commonwealth ; by all that is sacred, and all that is dear to you-deliver a wretched prince from undeserved, unprovoked injury; and save the kingdum of Numidia, which is your own property, from being the prey of violence, 'usurpation, and cruelty.
The Apostle Paul's noble defence before. Festus and
Agrippå. AGRIPPA said unto Paul,thou art permitted to speak for thyself.--Then Paal streched forth bis hand, and answered for himself.
I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myselt this day before thee, concerning all the things whereof I am accused by the Jews: especially as I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews. Wherefore I beseech thee to bear me patreatly.
My manner of life frord my youth,which was at the first among my own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jewe; who knew me from the beginning, (if they would testify,) that after the straišest sect of our religion, I lived a pharisee. And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise, made by God to our fathers; to which promise, our twelve tribes, continually serving God day and night, hope to come : and, for this hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews.
Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth : and this I did in Jerusalem. Many of the Saints I shut up in prison, haying received authority from the chief priests : and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I often punished them in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaepheme ; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unlo strange cities. But as I went to Damascus, with
authority and commission from the chief priests, at loid-day, o kiog! I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightbess of the sun, shining round about me, and them who journied with me, And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying, in the Hebrew tongue, “ Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks." And I said,"who art thou, Lord?” And he replieil,“I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for i bave appeared to thee for this purpose, to make thee a ininister and a witoess both of these things, which thou hast seen, and of those things in which I will appear to thee; delivering thee from the people, and from the Geotiles, to whom I now send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them fron darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God; that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance amongst then who are sanctified by faith that is in me."
Whereapon, O king Agrippa! I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision : but showed first to thein of Damascus,and at Jerusalem, and through all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, and turn to God, and do works meet for repenteoce. For these causes, the Jews caught me in the temple; and went about to kill me. Having, however, obtained help from God, I continue, to this day, wit.nessing both small and great ; saying 110 other things than those which the prophets and Moses declared should coine : that Christ should suffer; that he should be the first who should rise from the dead; and that he should show light tothe people and to the Gentiles.
And as he thus spoke for himself, Festus said, with a loud voice, “ Paul bou art beside thyself; much learning hath made thee usad.” But he replied, "I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak the words of truth and suberness. For the king knoweth these things, before whom I also speak freely. I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden froin him: for this thing was
not done in a Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.” Then Agrippa said to Paul, “ Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian." And Pa
replied, " I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, espcet these bonds."* -ACTS 26.
Lord Mansfield': speech in the House of Peers, 1770,
on the bill for preventing the delays of justice, by claiming the Privilege of Parliament.
My Lords, When I consider the importance of this bill to your lordships, I am not surprised it has taken up só much of your consideration. It is a bill, iadeed, of no common magnitude; it is no less than to take away from two-thirds of the legislative body of this great kingdom, certain privileges and immuni. ties of which they have been loog possessed. Per. haps there is no situation the human miod can be placed in that is so difficult and so tryiog, as wheo it is made a judge in its owa
There is something implanted in the breast of man so attach. ed to self, so tenacious of privileges once obtained, that in such a situation, either to discuss with impartial,cy, or decide with justice, has ever been held the summit of all human virtue, The bil now in question puts your lordships in this very predica. ment; and I have no doubt the wisdom of cision will convioce ihe world, that where self-in. terest and justice are in opposite scales, the latter will ever preponderate with your lordships.
Privileges have been granted in legislators in all ages, and in all countries. The practice is founded in wisdom; and, indeed, it is peculiarly essential to
* How happy was this great apostle, even in the most perilous circumstances ! Though under bonds and oppression, his mind was tree, and raised above every fear of man, With what aigni'y and composure does he defend himself, and the noble cause be had espoused; whilst he displays the most compassionate and generous feelings, for those who were
wingers to the sublime resigion by which he was animated!